September 09 - 12
03:00PM - 01:00PM

Share this event online:

From Monday, September 9, 2019, at 3 pm to Thursday, September 12, 2019, at 1:00 pm at 2371 Arbot Rd., the Bethlehem Centre is offering itself as an experiential interface and Canadian West Coast destination for the resources for the Center for Action & Contemplation. Participants are invited to experience an all-day program featuring webcasts from the Center for Action and Contemplation shared in community; programs featuring authors Richard Rohr, John Dominic Crossan, and Jacqui Lewis. The event takes place at a stunning jewel of a Central Vancouver Island location; on the shores of Nanaimo’s Westwood Lake.

Guides and hosts are Facilitator Andrew Twiddy of Spirituality Beyond Borders, and Christine Muise, Priest Associate of St. Anne & St. Edmund in Parksville. This event is an interactive satellite-campus conference and webcast-in-community, in partnership with the Center for Action and Contemplation. Individuals can participate in a community experience of a current 2019 CAC conference recently webcast from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Presenter Dr. John Dominic Crossan is an Irish-American New Testament scholar and historian of early Christianity. He has lectured around the world and been interviewed on numerous television and radio stations. He has written twenty-eight books on the historical Jesus, the apostle Paul, and earliest Christianity, and his work has been translated into thirteen foreign languages.

Speaker and author The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis is a Senior Minister at Middle Collegiate Church and President of The Middle Project. She is an activist, preacher, and fierce advocate for racial equality, economic justice, and LGBTQ equality. She has been an adjunct professor at several seminaries and is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Featured presenter Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province. He is the founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation and academic dean of the CAC’s Living School in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An internationally recognized author and spiritual leader, Fr. Richard teaches primarily on incarnational mysticism, nondual consciousness, and contemplation, with a particular emphasis on how these affect the social justice issues of our time. Participants will explore the central themes of Father Richard’s new book, The Universal Christ, and discover the roots of the universal Christ in the rich history of the Christian tradition.

Visitors to Nanaimo’s scenic Bethlehem Centre can enjoy a spiritual library and a tranquil meditative outdoor labyrinth. The centre has a spiritual gift shop that includes international fair trade items from Global Village all-year-round. The public is invited to view the centre’s Finger Labyrinth Collection created by artist Bill Godden. Swimming, walking, and hiking at the lake are popular activities, and the Bethlehem Centre offers tasty cooked meals with fresh seasonal flavours from the garden. Ongoing weekly activities include multi-faith retreats, conferences, events and workshops, yoga, morning meditation, Eucharist and scripture study.

Booking Options for The Universal Christ: Another Name for Everything workshop retreat include a residential rate; a meal and accommodation package at $605. This option will give you a three-night stay with all meals for one person. A commuter meal package with no accommodations is offered at $305. If you would like to commute to the Bethlehem Centre for the program, this option will give you evening meals at 5.30 pm on Monday to Wednesday and lunch on Tuesday toThursday, (breakfast excluded).

Reservations can be made by phone at 250.754.3254 or online on the workshop page at the Bethlehem Centre website:

Back to Events